February 2012 Newsletter

Northwest Montessori Office Newsletter

February 2012

"If apples were pears, and peaches were plums, and the rose had a different name.
If tigers were bears, and fingers were thumbs, I'd love you just the same."
-- Valentine's Day Song

This Past January...

The first month of the New Year has come and gone. We had so much fun in January getting to know our new friends and learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. Ms. Malini's class learned about time and calendars, while Ms. Jackie's class focused on hibernation. Ms. Sharika's class created a beautiful garden of violets, and Ms. Sunita's class enjoyed creating boomerangs and didgeridoos as a part of their unit on Australia. Ms. Denise's class discussed dinosaurs and the difference between carnivores and herbivores, while the senses and land and water forms were some of the many topics studied in Ms. Ali's class last month.

Upcoming February Events...

Groundhog Day - Thursday, February 2nd

Everyone will wake up early to see if Punxsutawney Phil, the world's most famous groundhog, emerges from his den to see his shadow. Of course, if he does we're all in for six more weeks of winter.

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Valentine's Day Party - Friday, February 10th

What better way to celebrate the season of love than to have a party with our friends? We will eat pizza, play games, and exchange Valentines. Don't forget to wear your pink and red!

Why the Montessori Method?...

Development of Initiative

A Montessori environment not only encourages initiative but also fosters it. Students do not wait around for the teacher, but have been taught the general principles and approaches to the material and are therefore free to explore on their own. Too many of the tasks we take on in life are forced upon us, but a true passion for learning comes when we get to choose our own projects and pour all of our energy into their completion. A Montessori education is specifically designed to nurture this kind of initiative, exploration, discovery and love of learning in every child.

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Special Note

This January, our teachers participated in a very informative workshop on food allergies by Dr. Allen Lieberman, M.D., an allergist. We now feel very confident in handling this important issue and the best way to react in an emergency.


• Please have a seasonally appropriate change of clothes in your child's cubby.
• Tuition is due by the 7th of each month. Payment received after the 7th will incur a $25 late fee and payment received after the 20th will incur an addition $30 late fee.
• Please LABEL everything in your child's cubby. Thank you!